Jane Haseldine is a journalist and former reporter, city editor, and newspaper columnist. The Last Time She Saw Him is her debut suspense novel that The Library Journal says fans of Julia Dahl and Laura Lippman will appreciate. It features crime reporter, Julia Gooden, who still suffers from guilt and grief over the abduction of her nine-year-old brother, Ben, yet she can’t recall a single detail of what happened. When her own son, Will, is abducted on the anniversary of Ben’s disappearance, Julia forces herself to piece together her memories from that fateful night. The first in a new suspenseful mystery series!
Julia Gooden remembers nothing about the worst night of her life. Thirty years ago, her nine-year-old brother Ben the person who promised he would always protect her was abducted from the room they shared. Try as she might to recall any clue or detail, there is a black hole where Julia s memories of that terrible event should be.
Now a crime reporter at a Detroit newspaper, Julia tries to give others the closure she s never found. But guilt and grief over Ben s disappearance have left her fearful that whoever took her brother is going to come back. Nowhere seems safe not the city, not the suburbs, not even the secluded lake town where she plans to raise her children. And then, on the anniversary of Ben s disappearance, Julia s worst fears are realized when her two-year-old son, Will, is snatched from his bed.
Convinced that the crimes are related, Julia tries to piece together memories from her final day with Ben. Are the sudden reminders of her brother clues that will lead her to her son s abductor, or merely coincidence? Julia knows she has hours at best to find Will alive, but the deeper she digs, the more personal and terrifying the battle becomes, and an undying promise may be her only hope of saving herself and her son.